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Godden's other book, Encyclopedia Of British Pottery And Porcelain Marks, is a 'blunt object' of a volume, heavy enough to make your arms ache. How then, did he manage to compress so much information into this pocket handbook? Obviously, not every pottery and not every mark could possibly be included - yet an extraordinary number are fitted in, together with brief notes on the potteries. At the back, an index of initials quickly takes you to the relevant pottery, though not all the potteries keyed appear in the main text. Dates are given for potteries, and where a factory used a set of dating symbols (eg Minton) tables of these are supplied.

Many of the factories listed are early and obscure; it's fairly easy to memorise the marks for Sylvac, Royal Lancastrian and so on, it's these rare Staffordshire potters, these Bow, Chelsea and Yarmouth factories of the 18th century, who are going to yield bootfair gold; the pretty, unassuming little thing that costs you 50p and is worth hundreds, so it's important to have these here even if you may never stumble across an example. I've other pocket guides to ceramics marks, but this is the one I take with me. It's a treasure.

At the front of the book is a series of illustrations (black and white, I'm afraid) showing the different types of ceramics - slipware, stoneware, lustre and so on - which is handy if you're starting out. However I would point the keen beginner to a superb book English Pottery (Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks), with unbeatable quality photographs of a wide range of ceramics which will painlessly and enjoyably teach you a great deal.
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on 17 January 2012
An ideal book to start an education in understanding the marks on pottery. Handy size book for carrying around boot sales!
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on 18 December 2014
An excellent book whether you are a collector or a lover of ceramics and it's history. Having been born and brought up in Stoke from early the 50's, I know where the majority of pot banks in the Potteries were. This is a brilliant book for looking at factory markings and weaving together a history. They say a person from the Potteries is easily recognised as they always turn plates, cups and saucers upside down to look at the markings and to see where they were made! There have been many editions of this excellent book from the !960's, when first published. I got one of the early copies a few weeks ago.
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on 30 July 2013
Part of some research i was conducting helped in some ways but not to give me the clearest way forward the book is comprehensive and for its publication dates meets with my approval Delivery Fine Transaction Fine.
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on 24 April 2014
I will defo buy again from here. This book is great love it! Plus nicely wrapped and fast deleivery. This book is even better than what I thought maybe ill become an expert in no time.
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on 11 October 2013
The book arrived on time and in good condition. It has already become invaluable to me in my research into British pottery, clear and concise.
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on 21 March 2014
This book covers all porcelain marks in detail.For collectors or car boot people it is ideal to identify finds.Recommended.Buy it
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on 5 January 2014
all you ever needed to know about pottery marks, good for collecters of antique porcelain and pottery in the united kingdom
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on 10 May 2016
Excellent little handbook. Just the guide I need at auctions fairs etc. Good price great service arrived in no time.
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on 29 November 2013
like this very much really informative good condition and value for money would recommend this item have a nice day
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